Early life and career
Ebrahim Hamedi ( ابراهیم حامدی , born June 19, 1949), known better by his stage name Ebi (ابی), is an Iranian singer. He is widely known for his vocal range.
Ebi was born in Tehran, the eldest of six siblings. He received early musical schooling, as he was discovered by the Ministry of Art and Culture at a very early age. Declining an offer to further pursue classical schooling as an opera soloist in Italy, Ebi instead turned to popular music as a member in the group “Sun Boys”.A major breakthrough was Ebi’s performance of the song “Shab” (Night) at Fereydoun Farrokhzad’s TV-show “Mikhak-e Noghreyi”. During a series of planned concerts in the United States, Ebi, due to the Iranian Revolution|revolution of 1979, decided not to return to Iran.
He left Iran before the Islamic Revolution;.He has performed his Iranian nationalistic song “Persian Gulf” that makes reference to the Iranian stand in the Persian Gulf naming dispute. Among other “politically charged”songs, Tasmim critically addressed the very controversial 2009 presidential election.
He lives in Marbella, Spain, although he also spends time in Los Angeles. Since the Islamic revolution in Iran he mostly tours the world, having combined musical influences from traditional Persian music, western pop and sometimes Latino style rhythms.
1974: Best singer in Turkey festival with the song Shekar.